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10:57 am - 09/09/2012

Koki's Nazi uniform causes controversy

Tanaka Koki, member of the popular Johnny's idol group, KAT-TUN, has been stirring up some controvery recently as his new PV "Black or White" was leaked on to the internet. So what's the big deal? Some netizens are upset that Koki is dressed in full, Nazi uniform. The full PV can be viewed here.

To be specific, Koki sports the notorious SS black uniform, which was used from 1932 to 1934 in Nazi Germany. The SS uniform was worn specifically by people who worked in concentration camps and closest to the Third Reich. The PV features him dancing in the Nazi garb, while switching between scenes of him being experimented on. The SS was also notorious for conducting horrendous "medical experiments" on many Jews in concentration camps.

Koki's uniform shows off several Nazi era paraphernalia, including:

The Third Reich Eagle Emblem 

The Third Reich government adopted the eagle as a national symbol (Hoheitszeichen), in common with previous German governments and several other European countries. Originally, the design was to show the eagle's head facing to its right when used as a national symbol, and to its left when used as a Nazi Party symbol, but this convention was not always followed. The eagle's claws were to grasp a wreath of oak leaves surrounding a swastika.

The Iron Cross

The Iron Cross was used as the symbol of the German Army from 1871 to March/April 1918, when it was replaced by a simpler Greek cross. In 1956, the Iron Cross resumed its German military usage, as it became the symbol of the Bundeswehr, the modern German armed forces. 

However, the Nazi swastika band cannot be seen on his arm. 

Many netizens have voiced their concerns over the PV, including:

"That PV is disgusting, not only the SS uniform but also the experiment bits...Japanese groups have been called out for this shit before, he must've known. This is a disgusting grab for attention and it will work,"

"lol i don't get why you are all reacting so badly. okay well i do, but it's been done before and it shouldn't be a huge deal anymore. vk bands have dressed up with the actual nazi-swastika attached to their costume. for years and years and years."

It is widely known that the Japanese were allied with Germany during World War 2. However, many Japanese are still uneducated on the full extent of the atrocities done by the Axis Powers during the war.

Sources: 1, 2
cherrycoloured 9th-Sep-2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
I don't know that much about X-Men, so I can't really comment on it. I did watch the video, though, so I can talk about that. I'm not really sure why you are bringing up X-Men.
eskarina77 9th-Sep-2012 09:01 pm (UTC)
I brought up X-men because this PV is a pale copy of a X-men scene: it looks a lot like the scene where we learn how Wolverine got his claws. He was in a kind of bath of water (like white Koki) and the experiment was lead by a former nazi (like black Koki).

apart from the dance choreography, the storyboard of the PV isn't different from the movie scene (and I think they got the idea from there...not because they tried to promote some nazi idea)
cherrycoloured 9th-Sep-2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen that scene in X-Men, so I can't really comment on it, but I might go check it out. Thanks for clarifying what you meant.

I don't think they are trying to promote Nazism at all. It's clear in the video that the Nazis are the bad guys. However, using them as generic bad guys downplays the atrocities they committed. It makes them look like sexy anime villians instead of monsters.
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